Located in the heart of Chicago’s River North neighborhood, il Porcellino is one of the latest ventures from the Lettuce Entertain You group, offering a cozy restaurant honing in on classic Italian-American comfort food. Seasonal menus feature homemade pastas that use locally sourced ingredients, plus a wide-ranging cocktail program. The Jimmy Two Times was inspired by the movie “Goodfellas” and boasts the flavors of rye whiskey, ginger and grapefruit. “They’re all light enough ingredients to work well with many dishes on the menu, particularly the antipasti and pastas,” says LEYE Beverage Director Julian Cox. “The ginger also gives a nice, warm kick.” 

INGREDIENTS
—1 oz. fresh lime juice
—1 oz. Amaro Nonino
—1 oz. rye whiskey (Old Overholt is recommended)
—.5 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
—.5 oz. Rhum JM Cane syrup
—2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
—candied ginger, for garnish

DIRECTIONS
1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
2. Combine the ingredients and shake until the outside of the container is cold, about 10 seconds.
3. Strain the cocktail into a coupe glass. Garnish with skewered candied ginger. 

Provided by il Porcellino

You may not have seen her name among Chicago’s James Beard award nominees or caught in the buzz of another trendy eatery opening, but the ripples of Rita Dever’s culinary creations have made an impact far and wide. After cooking around the world, the Pacific Northwest native put down roots as Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ (LEYE) associate partner and corporate chef where she collaborates in the company’s test kitchen to innovate new dishes for all LEYE restaurants.

 

INGREDIENTS:
—3 oz. dry sparkling rosé
—1.5 oz. Ramazzotti Aperitivo Rosato
—.5 oz. Batavia Arrack (or Blanc Rhum Agricole)
—1 oz. tonic water

DIRECTIONS:
Combine ingredients in a wine glass, add ice and enjoy!

 

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